A season for stargazing

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  1. Fishers of Men

    Fishers of Men Senior Member

    A season for stargazing
    When the Big Dipper, Ursa Major, stands on its handle low in the north, it’s a sure sign of winter, the best time for stargazing.
    A line extending left from the pointer stars outside the Big Dipper’s bowl through Polaris leads to the constellation Cassiopeia. In Greek mythology, she was the vain wife of Cepheus, the king of Ethiopia, and mother of Andromeda.
    The constellation Perseus is left and a little above Cassiopeia. To the left of
    Perseus is the constellation Taurus, the Bull, and its main star, magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran.

    Beyond Taurus, the Mighty Hunter Orion stands high in the south.
    Orion’s upper left star is magnitude 0.6 Betelgeuse (pronounced BET-el-jooze, not BEET-el-juice); magnitude 0.3 Rigel inhabits the opposite corner. Just below the three belt stars is the Great Nebula or Orion Nebula. Plainly visible under a dark sky, it can be seen with binoculars even with light pollution. A line two fist widths to the lower left of the belt stars leads us to the brightest star of the evening sky magnitude -1.59 Sirius, the Dog Star. Sirius, Orion’s hunting dog, is in the constellation Canis Major, the Great Dog.
    Farther to the left, facing east, the Gemini Twins, Pollux and Castor, are high in the evening sky About halfway 0 between Pollux and Sirius is magnitude 0.5 Procyon, in the constellation Canis 25 Minor; the Little Dog.
    New Moon 7 Feb- 7 Mar
    First quarter 14 Feb- 14 Mar
    Full moon 22 Jan Wolf Moon- 21 Feb Snow Moon
    Last quarter 30 Jan- 29 Feb
    19 Jan Look east as the sky darkens to see Mars 1 finger-width to the nearly full moon’s upper right. Orion reclines to the lower right! and the Gemini Twins are to the lower left.
    21 Jan Look east tonight to see the Gemini Twins less than 1 fist-width to the moons upper left. Magnitude 0.5 Procyon is nearly 2 fist-widths to the lower right. Orion is to the upper right.
    23 Jan Late tonight! the moon is high in the east with magnitude 1.3 Regulus 2 finger-widths to its lower left and magnitude 0.4 Saturn another 4 finger-widths beyond!
    1 Feb Look low in the south just before dawn to see the thin waning crescent moon a couple of fist-widths above the horizon. Magnitude 1.1 Antares is less than 1 finger-width to the upper left! Look 3 fist-widths to the lower left near the horizon to see Venus and Jupiter less than half a finger-width apart. CX)
    13 Feb Look 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left to find the Pleiades Cluster. Aldebaran is 1 fist-width beyond.
    15 Feb Look high in the south after sunset to find Mars 1 finger-width to the left or lower left of the moon and magnitude 1 Elnath less
    than one-half finger-width to the right or lower right. 33
    11 Feb The Gemini Twins! Pollux and Castor, are to the moon’s right tonight.
    18 Feb Tonight, Procyon is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s right, the Gemini Twins are 1 fist-width above and Regulus is 2 fist-widths below.
    Saturn is 3 finger-widths beyond Regulus.
    20 Feb Saturn and Regulus form a tight triangle with the moon tonight. Regulus is above the moon! and Saturn is to its left or lower left!
    25 Feb Low in the southwest just before dawn, you’ll find magnitude 1.2 Spica 2 fist-widths to the moon’s upper right and Arcturus 3 fist- widths to Spica’s upper right.
    5 Mar The moon, Mercury and Venus rise together low in the east an hour before sunrise. If you have a clear view of the horizon, you may catch a glimpse of Mercury just above the thin crescent moon and Venus to the moon’s left,
    12 Mar High in the west tonight, you’ll find the Pleiades Cluster just below the moon, Aldebaran to the left and Orion farther left. 33
    14 Mar High in the southwest, the moon passes within one-half finger- width of Mars tonight.
    33 use binoculars

    Yes these things do mean something. :) I'll give you the so called best fishing times for the year like the almanac predicts from the influences later today. These are all related to Earth/Moon/gravitational pulls/magnetic influences and so on.